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2nd June 2017

heavy metal truants

The Trooper Heavy Metal Truants, a charity cycle ride co-founded in 2012 by former Metal Hammer Editor-In-Chief Alexander Milas and Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood, is set to depart from London's Alexandra Palace on the morning of Wednesday June 7th for its fifth annual pilgrimage to Download Festival to benefit three children's charities: Teenage Cancer Trust, Nordoff Robbins, and Childline. To date, they have raised an impressive £338,000.

Now in its fifth year, the three day, 164-mile ride consists of fifty cyclists from every walk of life - fans, industry, and bands including Paradise Lost, Amon Amarth, Trivium, Orange Goblin, Pendulum, Tesseract, The Raven Age and more.

To kick off their week of fundraising, The Trooper Heavy Metal Truants announced titular sponsorship from the award-winning Trooper Premium British Beer created by Iron Maiden and hand crafted by Robinsons Brewery. They have also teamed up with longtime supporters and rock/Metal cabaret sensations The Lounge Kittens to record a charity single, which sees this year's cyclists adding their vocals to a cover of 'Bicycle Race' by Queen.

The single, which was mixed by Olli Daffarn at Blue Dot studios, will be available via Amazon and other online retailers, and it will be followed by the launch of the Monster Rock Auction on June 6th at 6pm (6/6 @ 6).

Featuring high-end items personally donated by the world's biggest bands, the auction will be staggered, and the first round of items will include a bass guitar donated by Geddy Lee of Rush, handwritten 'Livin' On A Prayer' lyrics written by Jon Bon Jovi, rare original and signed Grateful Dead artwork, a signed Metallica Les Paul guitar and a rare original oil-on-canvas portrait of The Beatles' George Harrison by famed pop and rock artist Barry Novis. A second and even larger lot is to be announced on July 4th.

Rod Smallwood says:

"This is all about community and doing some good in the world. It's that sense of community that's at the core of Heavy Metal culture, and it's also been key to the success of the Heavy Metal Truants, because people at every level of our world have truly pulled together to make this happen."

Alexander Milas added:

"In five short years, the Heavy Metal Truants has truly taken on a life of its own. From our 164-mile battle with the hills and the heat next week, to our first-ever charity single, to a truly one-of-a-kind memorabilia auction, it's testament how Metal fans respond when they see good causes worth fighting for. Please help us spread the word, and help support these charities who do such inspiring work every single day."

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monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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